McLovin and Doctor Who Take on Fright Night
Posted 06.09.10 by Ryan
The major players of the Fright Night remake are finally in place. With Anton Yelchin cast as protagonist Charley Brewster, and Toni Collette and Colin Farrell added to the cast last month (Collete will play Yelchin's mother and Farrell will play their new neighbor — who just happens to be a vampire). Now, THR reports that Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) and David Tennant (Doctor Who) have joined the production.
Mintz-Plasse will play Yelchin's friend "Evil" Ed Thompson, portrayed by Stephen Geoffreys in the 1985 original, who eventually joins the vampire's coven when he feels slighted by his friend.
Tennant will fill the pivotal role of Peter Vincent, played originally by Roddy McDowall as late-night, horror movie TV host, but, in the remake, has been changed to a Las Vegas magician whose act is surrounded by horror imagery and who claims to be an expert on vampires. Like McDowell in the original, Tennant will soon reveal he is no expert after being enlisted for help against the vampire.
While the remake seems to be keeping most of the major parts of the original, producer Michael De Luca has previously stated that the remake will be a darker version that will "really go for some scares." Besides the change of vocation for Tennant's character and the setting to Las Vegas, screenwriter Marti Noxon recently told Variety that the vampire Farell will play will be a "much more Jaws-like vampire."
The final major role that has yet to be cast is that of Yelchin's girlfriend, another character that Farrell's vampire will prey upon. Craig Gillespie is directing the production, which still has no start date.